Premier Gladys Berijiklian and Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes revealed at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) State of the State address that the government would make an effort to affect changes to the state’s planning regime.

While the specifics of these reforms are not anticipated until 2020 and in the wake of intended consultations, Berijiklian and Stokes state that the reforms are intended to:

  • Eliminate red tape, enhance transparency, aim for a reduction in assessment timeframes, and render e-planning a must for metro councils
  • Empower and make the public aware of new hubs to guarantee that residents can reside in cities in close proximity to their work
  • Address any questions that arise from developer contributions
  • Preserve heritage, develop scenic settings and encourage and draw attention to quality design.

Berijiklian believes that these reforms will empower the economy and address current planning system deficiencies.

The system in place, she said, does not lend investors any degree of certainty, with certain planning proposals requiring years to ascertain and subject to altogether too much red tape – unacceptable, in her view.

She says that as a result of these proposed new reforms, the government will establish the easiest and most results-oriented planning system in Australia; creating thousands of employment opportunities and enhancing the manner in which citizens live and work.